Enajori

the heritage weaves Assam and native silks of Assam.

The story : Enajori in Assamese literally means the thread of love which binds people and the culture together in a bond of love and friendship.

Weaving comes naturally to the rural womenfolk of Assam, who is gifted with the artistry of weaving intricate and mesmerizing designs on her looms. Enajori makes an attempt to develop the inherent skills of the weavers and showcase it to the world. In the process striving to provide them a livelihood, foster economic development, improved living standards, cultural vitality and community well-being.

Enajori supports and encourages the Eri, Muga and Pat silks of Assam, besides cotton giving it a new dimension with natural dyes and mixed weaves. The immaculately woven pieces of fabric are a sensory treat to be cherished. In a world overwhelmed by technology, Handloom and handicrafts have weathered many a storm. Hand weaving and natural dyeing are time consuming processes that are slowly being forgotten. Efforts are made towards reinventing and reviving traditional methods and fusing them with a contemporary aesthetic sensibility, mosaic handcrafts textiles with a timeless appeal and preserve cloth making as a traditional art form

The textiles are all natural, hand woven and as each bolt of cloth is individually hand crafted, slubs, irregularities & colour variations are inherent in the fabrics/garment.

Ahimsa silk: Conventional silk is made by boiling the intact cocoons and thereby killing the silk worms after which the single silk strand is unwound onto reels. Peace silk allows the silkworm to emerge from their cocoons to live out their full life cycle.

The Hindi word “ahimsa” means Non-violence. It is used to describe this innovation because the fabric is manufactured in a process where silkworms are not killed. People are becoming more environmentally aware and compassionate to animals and adopted by those who are concerned about the flora and fauna.

Eri silk: is a boon for those who practice absolute non violence, not using any product obtained by killing any animal. Eri threads are extracted from Eri worm, like any other silk extraction The name ‘Eri’ has evolved from ‘Era’ plant (Cator Plant).

The stoles and mufflers produced from Eri are vegetable dyed. Natural(vegetable) dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates. It is fancied by almost all the Silk lovers and is a staple in every fashionistas’ wardrobe.

Special characteristics:

– Due to it’s thermal property, it is warm in winter and cold in summer. It is becoming popular the world over.

– Due to its eco-friendly production process, the Eri Silk is the most preferred fabric for Buddhists monks and Vegans.

– This silk is soft and warm and is popular as shawls and quilts.

Vegetable dye:

Natural dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates. The majority of natural dyes are from plant sources—roots, berries, bark, leaves, wood and other organic sources. Each piece is unique: subtly interwoven in different combinations of soft silk & wild silk fibers that have been hand dyed with substances like eucalyptus bark, tea leaves, onion skins, marigold petals, madder root and indigo; when these hues & threads are blended within intricate weaves & multiple densities, the fabric takes on a texture & transparency that is so beautiful, sensual and sophisticated

Consumers have become more concerned about the health and environmental impact of synthetic dyes and there is a growing demand for products that use natural dyes.

Muga Silk:

This beautiful organic wild silk fabric is available only in its natural shimmery golden color. Truly a silk connoisseur’s delight, add this to your silk stash for a heirloom treasure worth handing down to future generations of the family. Very often the silk lasts for generations in a family. It is the second costliest fabric in the world, after Pashmina Silk. It absorbs moisture (upto 30%)and hence comfortable to wear. It is handwashable and the golden sheen improves with every wash.

Unique characteristics of Muga:

  • It can absorb Ultraviolet rays (upto 85.08 %) which is the most harmful rays as it can damage human skin and can lead to various diseases.
  • The excellent humidity absorption quality of Muga, makes it a cool wear in Summer and it is also comfortable in winter.
  • The durability, stain free and moisture absorbent quality of muga makes it suitable for home furnishings. Perfect for silk pillows, cushions, jackets, dresses etc
  • It is used for framing expensive paintings because of its durability muga is exported to various designers across the globe including Japan for making Kimonos.

Paat:

Silk, also known as ‘Paat’ in and is a natural fibre produced from the cocoons of mulberry silkworm via a process called Sericulture. The yarns produced from the process of sericulture are used to weave a variety of textiles. The fabric has a shimmering appearance, though has interrupting patterns of weave due to its natural fibre. Today, India is world’s second largest producer of silk after China.

Other Special products of Assam:

– Heritage weaves of Assam includes Pat, Muga, Eri and mixed fabrics

– Stoles and mufflers made of Eri (vegetable dyed)

– Baskets prepared of water hyacinth

– Bell metal products (tableware and memorabilia)

– woven table mats, napkins and runners